Edward Turgeon (Canada/USA)

6th Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition Jury member


Dr. Edward Turgeon has performed with noted musicians of our time including Sidney Harth, James Campbell, CheeYun, David Jolley, Ivan Chan, Keith Robinson, Michael Rusinek, Michael Webster, John Dee, Ransom Wilson and Laura Gilbert. As a member of the piano duo „Duo Turgeon“, with his wife Anne, Edward has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, a 16-concert Russian tour and music festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit, Santa Rosa, Toronto, Montreal, Norfolk, Minsk, Miami and Kitchener. The duo has taken first prize and numerous additional special prizes at major international duo piano competitions including the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami) and Schubert International Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic). Their performances and six CD recordings on the Vanguard Classics, Marquis Classics, Marquis/EMI, Dranoff Foundation and ClassXdiscs labels are hailed by critics, including several „top ten“ lists, and high ratings from classical periodicals and CD guides such as La Scena Musicale (5 out of 5 stars), „Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano“, Wholenote Magazine, Musicweb, Soundstage, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s „Sound Advice“ (5 out of 5 stars). The Turgeons have given world premiere performances of works by Alex Pauk, Aaron Copland and John Corigliano.

Turgeon appears frequently as a competition judge, most recently at the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, the Chicago Liszt 200 International Competition, Markham Festival, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, Hamilton Kiwanis, Premio Brazil International and the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition.

Turgeon is currently Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, Director of Collaborative arts and ensemble-in-residence member at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, School of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida, USA A Founding Teacher for Royal American Conservatory Examinations and the National Music Certificate Program, Turgeon has served as senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners since 1990. He is currently involved with the Royal Conservatory’s new Carnegie Hall Achievement Program initiative.

Turgeon earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto along with the Forsyth Memorial Scholarship for top graduating pianist. After serving as Chair of the Music Department at Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, he pursued graduate studies at Yale University School of Music, earning a Master of Music (1993), Master of Musical Arts (1994) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2000). Turgeon’s summer studies included a chamber music fellowship at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, masterclasses at Holland Music Sessions, chamber music studies with members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra at the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Festival in Weikersheim, Germany, and annual piano masterclass studies at Banff Centre for Music and Sound, Banff, Alberta, Canada.